Art and Entertainment

It’s almost time for my very favourite Fernie event: The Fernie Writers’ Conference! This year, the week-long set of workshops and presentations promises to be better than ever. There are several new instructors and presenters coming this July, including Marina Endicott who won a 2009 Commonwealth Award for her second novel Good to a Fault. Good to a Fault was also a finalist for the 2008 Giller Prize and a contender in the 2010 Canada Reads’ debates.

Morgan Dunnet

Whenever I’m asked what made me pursue painting, what my inspiration was on a particular piece, or how I decide what I’m going to paint next, I usually answer with a few details about a specific colour palette that intrigued me, a specific quality of light that challenged me, or a specific somber toned, afroed artist painting happy trees on PBS that motivated me. But the simpler truth is that I like art. I think it’s that base enjoyment that got me started painting and what keeps me going. From the highs of a successful show to the lows of a struggling economy, painting never gets dull.

Local artist Morgan Dunnet is this month's feature artist.

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George Clooney has had a very interesting career. He has come a long way from relative obscurity in the 80s when he appeared in sitcoms like Rosanne and performed in movies like Return of the Killer Tomatoes. He has since shunned mainstream Hollywood to act in quirky comedies (The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Burn After Reading, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou, The Men Who Stare at Goats), political thillers (Good Night and Good Luck, Michael Clayton, Syrianna, The Good German), and art films (Solaris).

Recently, I was asked to participate in the Toronto Library’s 2011 Keep Toronto Reading Campaign. This year’s theme is “books that transform us.” My job was simply to make a two-minute video pitch recommending a book that has transformed me.

Christina Birch

I consider myself most fortunate to be able to call Fernie my home and to have parents that are deeply rooted here as well. I cannot thank them enough for raising me in such a great home surrounded by a fantastic and beautiful environment so rich in history. Growing up in Fernie, I never felt the need to be elsewhere and understood that this town played a big part in who I was.

Christina Birch discusses her ties with Fernie and how it has helped her with her art.

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photo by Keya White

June 24-25 Revelstoke Music Festival
Set in Revelstoke, this two-day two-stage festival features rock, funk, world and ska. Last year’s highlights included bands like Econoline Crush, Wassabi Collective, Shane Philip, Earthbound, and Turtle Mountain, to name a few. Beer gardens, vendors and camping are available on the festival grounds. $80, early bird and day pricing available. www.revfest.ca.

It’s easy to romanticize the life of a band, the way its musicians hit the wide, open road. It’s fun to imagine being welcomed into the communities that dot the way. It’s especially easy and fun with a band like Vancouver’s Willy Blizzard. With its straightforward country-folk, with its rich lyrics, the trio leads its audience down dusty gravel lanes and winding railways to meet the compelling characters that populate our vast country.

Interaction between nature and man-made objects

Inline with our Green Edition, photographers were asked to submit photos representing an interaction between nature and man-made objects. These two were our favourites!

Wind turbines are a perfect example of Mother Nature and Man working together to create usable energy. In this image, Alex Paquin shares the same powerful wind to create seriously fun times kite boarding. Symbiosis at its finest.

Photo by Lisa Dawn Gover

Inline with our Green Edition, photographers were asked to submit photos representing an interaction between nature and man-made objects. These two were our favourites!

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Jacqueline Fieldhouse - Sew Simple

My major craving in life is creativity: yours, theirs, mine. I find myself constantly marveling at how amazingly resourceful and inventive people are. I have a passion for the handmade, in particular repurposed, restyled, recycled creations. My obsession is creating something new out of something destined-to-be thrown away, giving a found item a different and unexpected use. I am a seamstress by trade. My main medium is textiles. Every day I recreate to make new, whether through alterations and repairs or through my own design and creation.

This month's Feature Artist has an obsession in "creating something new out of something destined-to-be-thrown away". Check out Jacqueline's story and funky designs!

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